May 8, 2017

ORIGIN OF THE THE LONG WAR:

The American and French Revolutions Compared (Sean Busick, 5/08/17, Imaginative Conservative)

One of the many differences between the American and French Revolutions is that, unlike the French, Americans did not fight for an abstraction. Americans initially took up arms against the British to defend and preserve the traditional rights of Englishmen. The slogan "no taxation without representation" aptly summed up one of their chief complaints. The right to not be taxed without the consent of your elected representatives was one of the most prized rights of Englishmen. When this became impossible to achieve within the British Empire, Americans declared their independence and then won it on the battlefield. That is, Americans fought for tangible goals; they fought to preserve their traditional rights rather than to overturn an established social order. Ours was a revolution more about home rule than about who should rule at home.

However, the French Revolution was about who should rule at home. They fought for "liberty, equality, and fraternity." Neither equality nor fraternity can be achieved through force by the state. Perfect equality is elusive and, even if it could be achieved, would be inconsistent with liberty. Whereas Americans struggled for tangible goals, the French took on the Sisyphean task of striving for abstractions.

America fought to be more faithful to English principles than the English were being.  France has always imagined it could succeed by opposing itself to such Anglospheric principles.  That attempt to avoid the End of History has been disastrous.  

Posted by at May 8, 2017 6:04 AM

  

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